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Riverside United Methodist Church

WHO WE ARE
"A Friendly, Caring Fellowship"
The United Methodist Church dates back to 1738 when John Wesley, a preacher's son and himself a minister in the Church of England, began a ministry to the masses in industrial England. He preached on street corners to thousands of common laborers who were hungry for the message of Christ. Wesley organized societies stressing strict study and discipline to bring each believer in closer conformity to God's will. The members of these societies were dubbed "Methodist" because of their methodical adherence to discipline, study and service. The first Methodist Church in the United States was organized in 1766 and became the United Methodist Church when it merged with the Evangelical United Brethren in 1968.

Like the parent Church, Riverside United Methodist Church enjoys a rich tradition, dating back to October 14,1945, when the first organizational meeting was held. The existing structure was built in 1946 with the Educational Building being consecrated in December, 1961. In 1997, an addition with an elevator, handicapped restrooms, and an expanded parking lot was finished to make the church more accessible.

The history of Riverside United Methodist Church is a record of Christian stewardship and devotion. It is marked by the service of many who gave fully to build a church to meet the needs of sincere followers of Christ. Riverside's future is in the hands of those who gather in the name of Christ. We build on historic foundations to step into an exciting future.

OUTREACH
RUMC has an outreach ministry at Heritage Manor Nursing Home on all fifth Sundays at 2:30pm which includes hymn singing and devotion.

Members of RUMC are very supportive of local and worldwide mission projects. The Mission Workarea of RUMC holds an annual Ice Cream Social and Chili Luncheon to raise money for mission trips and outreach projects.

RIVERSIDE LOVEBOAT
The Riverside Loveboat is a newly organized group of members and friends of RUMC who are over the age of 50 (or love someone over the age of 50). The loveboat docks every second Tuesday of the month at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome aboard.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Disciple Bible Study Meetings are held on Sunday nights at 6:30pm. All three series are available.

Walk to Emmaus Reunion Group meets on occasion at the church.

CHURCH STAFF
PASTOR: Rev. Jay L. Hoppus DIRECTOR of MUSIC: Sandy Sanders YOUTH MINISTER: Glenn Olver CHURCH SECRETARY: Debbie Hargrove PIANIST/ORGANIST: Tim Jones CUSTODIANS: James Holmes Family OFFICE HOURS: 8:30am-1:30pm(M-F)

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
For Children and Adults

        • NURSERY TEACHER: Becky Grigsby
        • KINDERGARTEN CLASS: Downstairs
        • FIRST-SECOND CLASS: Downstairs
        • 3rd, 4th, and 5th CLASS: Downstairs
        • JUNIOR HIGH CLASS: Upstairs
        • SENIOR HIGH CLASS: Upstairs
        • COLLEGE AGE CLASS: Conference Room
        • FELLOWSHIP CLASS: Chapel
        • AMAZING GRACE: Downstairs
        • McINTYRE/TAYLOR CLASS: Downstairs

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES
(September-May)
5:15pm.....Prepared Meal(reservations required)
6:00pm.....Adult Bible Study, Youth Bible Study, Program and Music and activites for children age 3 thru 5th grade. A nursery is provided for newborns.
7:00pm.....Youth Bible Stuy
7:15pm.....Chancel Choir

WORSHIP
Worship is the central act of the church. The fellowship gathers in worship to give praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life found in Jesus Christ. The effort is made to have worship that is vital and alive.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
8:30am.....First Service, Sanctuary
9:30am.....Fourth Sunday, Refreshment Time
9:30am.....Church School
10:30am.....Second Service, Sanctuary
5:00pm.....UMYF

CHOIR PRACTICE
The music ministry of RUMC is a wonderful blessing to our worship service.
Wednesday: 6:00pm-Children's and Youth Choir
7:15pm-Chancel Choir
Thursday: 7:00pm-Chancel Ringers
Director of Music: Sandy Sanders

EDUCATION
SUNDAY SCHOOL-9:30am for all ages beginning with nursery age level thru older adult.
Sunday School Supt.: Bobbie Ray
Sunday School Secretary: Tom Coates

Confirmation and new mwmber classes are held annually by the pastor for youth and adults.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Children are very much appreciated at RUMC. They are provided with many opportunities for social and spiritual growth.

          • Easter Egg hunt
          • Vacation Bible School
          • Halloween Party
          • Christmas Party
Other ways they can participate is by serving as an acolyte on Sundays and by attending the Wednesday Night Activities.
Children's Director: Cheryl Holland
Cemele and Russel Almond

YOUTH
YOUTH PROGRAM: The youth of any church is its future. Therefore, a strong Christ-centered youth program is essential. This program is offered to youth in grades 6-12. The United Methodist Youth Fellowship (U.M.Y.F.)meets on Sundays at 5:00pm during the school year. During the summer special events are planned. A Wednesday and Sunday morning studies are also available.

The youth participate in District and Conference events, retreats, Youth Worship Service, Dogpatch Olympics, fundraisers, caroling and Mt. T.O.P. mission trips, and much more!
YOUTH DIRECTOR: Glenn Olver

PARENT'S DAY OUT
Programs for parents who need a little time to get some errands and shopping done.

  • Wednesday and Thursday
  • 9am-2pm
  • Ages 1-5

Director: Linda Jenkins
Juanita Prentice

FELLOWSHIP EVENTS
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: has three circles that meet monthly:

        • Happiness Circle-first Monday, 7:00pm RUMC
        • Tuesday Circle-first Tuesday, 11:45am(lunch) 1:00pm-Business Meeting, RUMC
        • Sunshine Circle-second Thursday, 7:00pm, members' homes

UMW Unit Meetings, Mother/Daughter Banquet, Membership Banquet, and a retreat are some of the UMW Unit Activities
President: Mrs. Ann Parchman-381-0797

UNITED METHODIST MEN: meet on the second Saturday(september-June) of each month at 8:00am, for breakfast and a program. The UMM participate in an annual Bowl-A-Thon and other projects in the church and community.
President: Mr. Billy Wayne Kelly-388-3205

SOCIAL:
Ice Cream Social-July
Ham Breakfast/Bazaar-October
Pancake Breakfast/Yard Sale-October

Riverside United Methodist Church
313 6th Ave
Columbia, TN 38401
Phone: 931-388-6082

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